Record bees and butterflies in your community - Monlife

Pollinator Monitoring Volunteering                              

Help us record bees and butterflies

Pollinating insects play a vital role in our environment, ensuring that many of our crops and wild plants are able to set seed and produce fruit.

We want to understand how our management changes are benefitting pollinating insects.

We’re looking for eager volunteers to help monitor what bees, hoverflies and other flower-visiting insects are using our new meadow areas on road verges, parks and amenity grassland.

It’s simple, quick and doesn’t require any specialist knowledge – it’s an easy way to start to learn about nature in your community.

The 10-minute FIT (Flower-Insect Timed Count) Count

Nature isn’t Neat is using the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme’s FIT Count, a national biological recording method, to record the abundance of pollinators in our new meadow areas.

Not only will this tell us a huge amount of information about the effect of our alternative grassland management, but your results will contribute to a national scientific study.

FIT Count

  • Can be done at any location with flowers
  • At any time when weather is good enough, from 1 April to 30 September
  • Choose a patch of target flowers and count all insects landing on them within ten minutes
  • Send in your count results to help build a national picture of pollinator abundance

It’s simple to enter your results, download the FIT Count app or you can use the online or paper recording form from the POMS Website.

Every FIT Count gives us a wealth of information, but if you can carry out several counts at one location over the season that helps us monitor how different insects are using our green spaces during the year.

Go to the FIT Count webpage to take part

The website has videos and instructions on how to do a FIT Count and has identification guides to the target flowers and insects to record.

Come to a Workshop

Curious to learn about what insects are buzzing in your local community? Want to contribute to pollinator conservation and a national citizen science project?

Join artist and entomologist Richard Dawson and the Nature Isn’t Neat team for a free ½ day insect identification and recording workshop.

The workshop sessions are suitable for all ages and experiences and will be a combination of presentation, practical workshop and undertaking in-the-field FIT Counts. All materials and equipment will be provided.

We will be hosting five workshops, one in each of the Gwent authorities. The workshops are free but limited to 15 attendees.

  • Monday 23rd May at 9:30 – 12:00, Abergavenny Community Centre
  • Tuesday 24th May at 9:30 – 12:00, Hollybush Community Centre, Cwmbran
  • Monday 13th June at 9:30 – 12:00, Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar (TBC)
  • Tuesday 14th June at 9:30 – 12:00, Bargoed Community Centre, Bargoed
  • Friday 8th July at 9:30 – 12:00, Tydu Community Hall, Rogerstone, Newport

If you would like to attend a workshop, please register to secure a place by following this link:

Register Here